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Figures show employers more eager to avoid sexual orientation disputes?

Figures show employers more eager to avoid sexual orientation disputes?

More employers are seemingly eager to avoid any accusations of sexual orientation discrimination in the new year, if new statistics are anything to go by.

According to People Management, a record number of organisations across the country have entered the seventh annual Stonewall Workplace Equality Index as they seek to be named the UK's most gay-friendly company.

The 378 participants who are involved in the index run by the interest group - which was established in 1989 in reaction to Section 28 of the Local Government Act - represents an increase of 26 firms from 2010 and 61 from one year earlier.

Meanwhile, the news source added that companies from some 25 different industries entered for consideration in 2011.

David Shields, director of workplace programmes at the organisation, commented: "These employers understand that people perform better when they can be themselves and are working with the index to create inclusive workplaces for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff."

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Posted by Daniel Stevens